Specs for the iMac I am seconds away from purchasing. THOUGHTS?

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  1. Amnesiac1 macrumors 6502

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    • 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
    • 4GB of RAM
    • 2TB Serial ATA Drive + 256GB Solid State Drive
    • AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GDDR5
    • Magic Trackpad
    • Apple Wireless Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
    • AppleCare Protection Plan for iMac- Auto-enroll
    • Apple Remote
    • Apple Battery Charger


      ...Here are the specs for my current 2007 MBP:

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    • 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • 2 GB 667 MHz DDR SDRAM
    • 320 GB HD
    • GeForce 8600M GT

    What do you think?
     
  2. hammten macrumors regular

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    Looks good, it will be a big upgrade over the laptop
     
  3. Objector macrumors member

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    It won't get any better, so chances are you don't even need those high-specs. What are you planning to do with the iMac? I personally wouldn't spend my money on the charger and the remote, but those are just a fraction of the total price :D
     
  4. TallManNY macrumors 68040

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    That is a lot of money for an all-in-one computer. I went a little lighter in the $2,000 range. But if you want the best, drop the extra grand.
     
  5. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will be using it for word processing, gaming, recreational tasks like listening to music and watching HD content from iTunes, watching DVDs, etc. However, I am an inordinate multi-tasker and often have A LOT of windows, tabs, programs, etc. open at once.

    I am also trying to 'future proof' this machine. Although, a cantankerous reply from someone like Badger will likely inform me that 'future proofing' is impossible.
     
  6. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    lol you definitely don't need the cores i7..i have a core i5 and can do all of that plus a hell of a lot more plus run handbrake in the background
     
  7. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was considering just getting a 1TB but I don't want to regret it in the future, especially since an HD is one of the hardest parts to replace/upgrade in an iMac.
     
  8. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I want to leave the possibility of video editing open, though.
     
  9. Fried Chicken macrumors 6502

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    Don't do the SSD upgrade,
    instead find an authorized apple repair center to install an OWC Mercury Extreme 6g or an OCZ Vertex III.

    I haven't found confirmation of what SSD is in the new iMacs, but I somehow doubt it compares to the two I mentioned.
     
  10. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I appreciate the advice, but many people are very happy with the SSDs that Apple puts into these iMacs.
     
  11. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

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    If you are trying to save cash, go with the i5. If cash is not a matter, go i7.

    The i5 is plenty for what you do, heck, plenty for pretty much anyone. I understand that you want to leave the video editing option open but it's not like you are going to become a full time video editor. It's not like a night and day thing either, the i5 is very competent.

    I bought the i7 last year and use my iMac for AutoCAD, general use and some gaming. If I had to buy a new iMac this year, without hesitation, I would buy the i5.
     
  12. secretanchitman macrumors 6502

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    drop down to the 1TB + 256GB. 2TB for $150 more is extremely expensive, and its not worth the price. everything else looks fine (3.4ghz core i7, 4GB, radeon 6970m 2GB).

    i would upgrade the ram from newegg or owc as well. :)
     
  13. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was thinking about doing this. Crucial or G.Skill? Any specific links you can direct me to?
     
  14. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    STOP! You should wait until the next version of iMac to order.

    The next generation processor is going to be leaps and bounds faster -- while using less power.

    Video cards are getting the same treatment. 4 GB cards will come standard. And all iMacs will get larger screens, 32" is what I read. 3000 X 1900 -- you dont want to miss that.

    And since SSDs are dropping in cost and improving in speed/size so fast , they will most likely some stock with a 1TB SSD boot and 1TB SSD for storage. And those will be 12 Gbps SSDs, not the slow 3 Gbps SSDs in the current iMac.

    Ram is the same way -- it was $100 just a month or so ago -- now its like $65 for the same amount. Then next iMac will surely ship with 16 gigs stock since ram will be less than $20 for 8 gigs.

    I also read theres a pretty significant price drop coming with all this new tech.

    You should wait, you will just regret ordering this iMac in less than 6 months once the details start to come out on the new ones.
     
  15. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    wwhat? the iMacs were just refreshed...you going to tell him to wait when the iMac is refreshed again?
     
  16. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    He's being satirical. Unnecessarily crotchety posts seem to be one of Badger's fortes.
     
  17. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    lol ah my bad....haha hard to tell some times on the net..sorry badger
     
  18. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    I think you are doing the right thing. It is a major pain to upgrade the hard drives in the iMacs. You might as well go all out. I did the 1 TB iMac for 2010 and regret not getting the SSD and the 2 TB drive.
     
  19. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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  20. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I saw this coming a mile away.

    Redundant posts on a message board doesn't constitute so egregious an offence that you need to crusade into each post complaining about it. It isn't worth the ire.
     
  21. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    A change in plan. I'm thinking about sticking to 4GB for a while before upgrading to 12GB. I imagine that I will only run into trouble when it comes to games and video editing, and even then, 4GB should suffice for both of those tasks, right?
     
  22. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816

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    That's the same reason why I upped my iMac to 2TB (well, I also needed the space I already have 1.4 Tb space left).
     
  23. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    Why wait?

    You are about to drop $3000 on an iMac, whats another $75 at this point?

    RAM prices fluctuate wildly -- in 3 months 8 gigs could be $200...
     
  24. secretanchitman macrumors 6502

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    i ordered 16GB for just under $150 from newegg. that alone was enough for me to go ahead and buy!
     
  25. Amnesiac1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Maybe I'll purchase this. Anyone have any success with this type of RAM?

    Does Newegg even ship to Canada?
     

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